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Re: All musicians unite! - The Musicians Chat Thread
« Reply #1785 on: August 18, 2019, 06:29:23 PM »
There's a "Post of video of you playing" thread but not a "picture" thread.  I only ever seem to get pictures of me playing something, probably because that's pretty much all I do.  I try not to post too many in the picture thread in General Discussion because normal people post there.



Ruben (bass) was in my very first band, back in effin' junior high, 45 years ago.  He has a cute sister named Linda, who married Greg (guitar, vocals).  Dave (drums) jumped in, and they were doing "Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat which has the flute in it, so I joined them.  Ending up playing about half the set with them, mostly on keyboards though.

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« Reply #1786 on: September 02, 2019, 01:28:24 AM »
Will not saturate the topic either but here my latest gig (june 21th)


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« Reply #1787 on: September 15, 2019, 07:25:32 PM »
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« Reply #1788 on: September 15, 2019, 07:33:51 PM »
So this morning was a fun gig, another one of my crazy arrangements.  The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" except we don't have a brass band, but we do have a violin, flute, and melodica.  So we were both the horn section and the string section.  I also whipped up charts for guitar and piano, plus a lead singer and the choir doing background vocals ("Love, love, love" and the "ahs" during the verse).  Tim usually plays guitar but he jumped on bass.  By time we got to the last chorus and the whole place was singing, it sounded pretty cool.



Steve (guitar), Tim (bass), Jonah (lead vocal), Mijin (piano), Amy (flute), Orbert (melodica), Michael (violin).  Shirley conducting the choir and leading the congregation.

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« Reply #1789 on: October 18, 2019, 11:33:28 AM »
That's cool!  At my previous church (a couple of years ago), we did All You Need Is Love as well, but just with our normal praise team.

That was part of a sermon series that our pastor did where he would talk about themes from pop songs.  During that month, we also did Stuck in the Middle With You and Show Me the Way (Styx).
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« Reply #1790 on: October 18, 2019, 11:57:42 AM »
The Beatles have a bunch of songs with great, positive messages.  We've done "All You Need Is Love" a couple of different ways now, "Let It Be", "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Birthday" (on Pentacost Sunday, of course), plus "Give Me Love" and "My Sweet Lord" by George and "Imagine" by John.  There might be some I'm forgetting.  I love arranging music, the very act of taking a song and figuring out what parts play what so that they combine and do the coolest shit possible.  Like an aural jigsaw puzzle.  And people seem to like what I come up with, they keep asking me to do it, so it works out well.

When I did the regular praise band thing for a while, we'd work in pop songs when we could.  "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus (don't laugh it's a great song) and maybe a few others.  Our WL also wrote originals and we did a few of his songs.  They were right there with the Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham tunes.  Good times.

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« Reply #1791 on: November 10, 2019, 05:58:22 PM »
Changed guitar strings for the first time in at least a decade today, forgot how much of a pain in the ass it is.
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« Reply #1792 on: November 23, 2019, 06:00:51 AM »
How do you manage to play guitar on strings that are a decade old!? :O

Mine sound terrible after a few months. I don't change them nearly as often as I should, but I'm always super happy when I do. Gives me the chance to clear the gunk off the fretboard as well, and the guitar sounds infinitely better with new strings. It really isn't that much work if you can do it quickly; use a string winder to get them off and on again quickly, and tie them neatly at the tuning pegs. I can probably change strings and tune a guitar in under 10 minutes, without cleaning the fretboard.
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« Reply #1793 on: November 23, 2019, 05:14:42 PM »
Oh don't worry, I didn't play the same set of strings for a decade :lol I basically stopped playing for 10-11 years and only picked it back up this spring. Brought both my guitars to a local luthier for a full setup and string change in late April/early May and I've been playing on the same strings since then. I changed the strings on both a couple of weeks ago, along with cleaning the guitar and fretboard and treating the fretboard with oil.
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« Reply #1794 on: January 24, 2020, 08:43:03 PM »
Remixed a concept album I wrote with my band back in 2017. Super stoked with how this mix turned out.
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« Reply #1795 on: May 06, 2020, 03:07:18 PM »
So how's everybody spending these weeks staying at home? Losing my usual work commute and generally being at home all the time instead of just in the evening makes me play a lot more these days!
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« Reply #1796 on: May 06, 2020, 03:31:16 PM »
Free evenings are a blast, and I've picked the guitars up seriously after a loooong time.

I've actually grown some callous back dicking around with some heavy-bending solos. It's a pleasant pain.

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« Reply #1797 on: May 06, 2020, 04:33:36 PM »
My band leader is insane, and keeps thinking that this will all be over soon.  He sent out a list of tunes to work on for our next rehearsal, whenever that might be.  I've been working on them.  Feels good.  I've also been amusing myself by plugging my iPod into my amp and jamming along with tunes, the same way I practice band songs.

My church thinks I'm one of the main music people, and our music director sent out a song that she wants to include in this week's service.  We've been having virtual services online, with music and stuff.  So tonight some of us are going to get together to record a song for this Sunday's service.  Only four of us, so it's legal.  I don't know how smart it is; obviously the safest thing to do would be to stay home, but we'll stay six feet apart from each other and wear masks I guess, and hopefully the recording comes out.  I haven't made music with others in nearly two months, and with everything there is risk.  Hopefully I don't catch it from someone.

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« Reply #1798 on: May 07, 2020, 01:34:56 AM »
I have one friend who I usually make music with - a lot (this is apart from the bands and stuff I'm in) and we have played together about 3 times during this Covid mess by meeting up outside in nature (it's been pretty good weather) and just jamming songs we both know. That was fun. I haven't played with a band since probably Monday the 9th of March.

My band is going to record a 'quarantine live video' this next Sunday for an online festival. We'll be standing on other sides of our rehearsal room, which is more than large enough. Our bass player can't make it, so he's going to record his parts at home and film that too. I'm pretty sure we can do this safe enough, especially since my country is actually opening up more and more and slowly getting back to normal life.
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« Reply #1799 on: May 07, 2020, 07:20:35 AM »
Last night's session was pretty cool.  We only had one song to work out, but we had some fun with it.

Pretty basic hymn, "Let All Things Now Living", arranged for voice and piano, just two verses, with a descant part added on the second verse.  Shirley (the director) is a soprano, Michael is a tenor, I'm a baritone, and we also had our regular accompanist Mijin on piano.  Michael brought his violin, which is always nice for adding a countermelody or lead line.  The surprise was Shirley's husband Steve on banjo.  He's not great (yet), but just plunking some arpeggios and stuff added another color to the mix.  Michael played the top line of the intro and break on violin, and the three of us took turns singing lines of the first verse, with the fourth line in unison.  The octaves were nice, but I couldn't help breaking into some efficiently-placed harmony here and there.

The second verse, Michael sang the descant, while Shirley and I sang the melody in octave unison, but again I busted out harmonies here and there.  The overall effect was very nice, with some three-part counterpoint going on in some places.  We recorded in the sanctuary, all spread out, so the natural acoustics of the place made it sound live (which it actually was) rather than the flat sound you might normally go for with such a piece.  We went from reading through it a few times, to a couple of takes, to a finished recording in about an hour.  Good times.

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« Reply #1800 on: May 17, 2020, 10:01:55 AM »
Did some more church music this past week.  Recorded live in the sanctuary, then edited and broadcast during the online service.

We did a four-part hymn a capella, which was pretty challenging.  The tune itself was pretty simple, which helped, but the parts got pretty crazy for a while.  Some fugue-like stuff, some parts weaving in and out of each other.  Since Michael is a much better Tenor than I am, I sang the Bass part, so that was interesting.  I'm no more a Bass than I am a Tenor (I'm a Baritone), but once I warm up, I can get those lower notes pretty well.  Same deal as last week; run through it a few times, then record it.  Our accompanist Mijin has a nice Alto voice, so she sang the fourth part, which was a first for her as well.

The other tune we did a little more "normal" (for us).  Mijin on piano, Michael on violin and vocals, Shirley and me on vocals.  Shirley and I did the leads, with me breaking out some ad-libbed harmonies here and there.  Michael adding some countermelodies and fills on violin.

I just watched the online service, and both tunes turned out pretty good.  We kept the pitch with the a capella piece, and the ensemble was pretty cool.  It's great working with musicians who have a good feel for making things up on the fly that add to the overall performance, and this way I get my live music fix.  Win-win.

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« Reply #1801 on: August 01, 2020, 06:14:15 PM »
I got an email from that online site I'm a member of, the one which connects musicians with bands and bands with musicians.  Since I don't actually check my home page very often, I have it set to send me an email any time someone sends me a private message.

An area Bon Jovi tribute band is looking for a keyboard player.  The way it was worded, it wasn't sent to me specifically, but probably to any area keyboard players on the site.  Must also be able to sing background vocals.  My first response was "Yeah, right."

Then I thought about it some more.  I mean, I'm not a Bon Jovi fan by any stretch, but most of his stuff is pretty good, good rock and roll, and the girls love it.  And let's be honest, that's a big part of why we're playing rock and roll, to watch the girls on the dance floor.

I thought about it even more.  We've done a handful of Bon Jovi tunes in the band over the years, four or five I think, and every one of them was actually pretty fun, had keyboard parts that weren't trivial and actually added something to the song, and were even reasonably challenging.  Of course, the ones we picked were picked specifically because they had keyboards, but there's probably a lot of them.  I don't know, because I don't own any Bon Jovi albums.  But if a Bon Jovi tribute band has a keyboard player, I'm sure they lean towards tunes with keyboards.

And finally, it would seem that my regular band is either in another rebuilding season, or on hiatus due to COVID-19, or both.  I suppose every band is facing the same thing.

But my final thought is that if I'm already not 100% sure about rehearsing with the band I know, how am I gonna feel about rehearsing with a bunch of people I've never met before?  Probably even less sure.  So I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna do it.

If it wasn't for COVID-19 and lockdowns, I might've seriously considered it.  Of course, if it wasn't for COVID-19 and lockdowns, my regular band would be gigging right now.